October 19, 1976

PC

Claude Wagner

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Wagner:

Mr. Speaker, since there was no agreement, will the minister assure this House that before any specific commitment is made by Canada in this regard parliament will have an opportunity to debate the whole matter, preferably by way of a resolution introduced by the government in this House?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RHODESIA-PURPOSE OF PROPOSED TRANSITION FUND-SUGGESTED PARLIAMENTARY APPROVAL BEFORE PARTICIPATION IN FUND
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LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Jamieson:

Mr. Speaker, I do not know what is the appropriate technique, but I can certainly assure the hon. member that, in so far as I personally am concerned, I would be very glad to make available to the House, or to do it publicly, whatever proposals are put forward and to provide an opportunity to discuss them. I emphasize that this is premature at the moment because nothing has been transmitted between us other than the explanation the secretary gave me during my visit.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RHODESIA-PURPOSE OF PROPOSED TRANSITION FUND-SUGGESTED PARLIAMENTARY APPROVAL BEFORE PARTICIPATION IN FUND
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HOUSING

PC

Dean Waldon Whiteway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dean Whiteway (Selkirk):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of State for Urban Affairs, of which I gave him notice last week, having to do with activity in the United States by Canadian housing developers. Is the minister aware of this exodus of Canadian housing equity investment capital and Canadian knowhow to the United States, and has he been able to determine the extent and amount of it?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATION CANADIAN DEVELOPERS MOVING OPERATIONS TO UNITED STATES-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB

Barnett Jerome Danson (Minister of National Defence; Minister of State for Urban Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Barney Danson (Minister of State for Urban Affairs):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the hon. member for his notice. Indeed, I have been aware of the situation for well over a year, almost two years, that is, that Canadian developers have been expanding their operations into the United States. I see nothing wrong with Canadian corporations becoming multinational

corporations as long as that is not to the detriment of our Canadian industry. The housing starts and the activities of these same companies in Canada to date would indicate that it is not to the detriment of activity in the housing field here. Indeed, we are going at close to local records.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATION CANADIAN DEVELOPERS MOVING OPERATIONS TO UNITED STATES-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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PC

Dean Waldon Whiteway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Whiteway:

Mr. Speaker, does the minister interpret the export of both Canadian equity money and Canadian knowhow and ingenuity, which normally would be invested and put to use in Canada building houses for Canadians, as a reflection of either a loss of market confidence in Canada or the result of the controls program? Could the minister be more specific as to why there has been this dramatic shift in the last several months of this housing activity from Canada to the United States?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATION CANADIAN DEVELOPERS MOVING OPERATIONS TO UNITED STATES-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The question is one of vital concern, I am sure, but obviously it deserves a much longer and more thorough answer than can be given during the question period.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATION CANADIAN DEVELOPERS MOVING OPERATIONS TO UNITED STATES-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

PC

William Herbert Jarvis

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Jarvis (Perth-Wilmot):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of State (Fisheries) and the Environment, to whom I extend my personal and sincere congratulations on the occasion of his additional Cabinet responsibility.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF BANNING AEROSOL SPRAYS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF BANNING AEROSOL SPRAYS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

William Herbert Jarvis

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jarvis:

It will come as no surprise to the Minister that my question arises out of the United States National Academy of Sciences' report regarding the imminent threat to our environment caused by the continued use of aerosol sprays containing fluorocarbons, and it is further prompted by their announcement last week of a phasing out of the use of these aerosol sprays that threaten our ozone layer. Will the minister advise whether he intends in concert, of course, with the provinces to ban aerosol sprays containing fluorocarbons and, if so, within what time frame will that ban or phase-out occur?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF BANNING AEROSOL SPRAYS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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Fabien Roy

Hon. Rom6o LeBIanc (Minister of State (Fisheries) and the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for his kind words, and I will be looking forward to his questions as the days pass. The subject he raises is one which can only be attacked in a global way since it is a global problem. He is right to tie it to co-operation between not only the provinces and the federal government but between nations. We have taken note of the recommendations of the United States Academy of Sciences. We have on the books, in the Environmental Contaminants Act, a provision which affords the possibility of acting very quickly. I am expecting a report from a committee which was set up sometime ago to look at this very question and which is to report within a matter of weeks. I hope to be in a better position to answer fully. I have

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also asked that the industry which is involved in this area be informed that we are looking at this problem with a view to replacing the use of fluorochloromethanes when the time comes.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF BANNING AEROSOL SPRAYS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

William Herbert Jarvis

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jarvis:

Mr. Speaker, is the hon. gentleman aware that almost two years ago officials of his atomospheric environmental service were very anxious that action be taken at that time, and, in view of that, will he tell the House what discussions are scheduled with his counterparts in either the environmental protection agency of the United States or its food and drug administration officials? In this regard, will the minister now commit himself to saying that if we can act in concert with the United States we will do so without waiting to obtain an agreement with western European countries? Will he act at least in a North American context before he feels it is necessary to obtain a European agreement on the ban of aerosol sprays?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF BANNING AEROSOL SPRAYS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Roméo LeBlanc (Minister of the Environment)

Liberal

Mr. LeBlanc (Westmorland-Kent):

Mr. Speaker, I would have to check the records as long ago as two years to see what was the recommendation of the officials of the department. Certainly we are in constant communication with United States authorities in this area and we know that we have to act in concert with them. I can certainly assure the hon. member that if the recommendations of the scientists to me are of such a nature that action on the North American continent is advised, then I would not hesitate to act. At the moment, we have in the law books the capacity to do it.

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Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF BANNING AEROSOL SPRAYS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PATENTS

PC

William Heward Grafftey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Heward Grafftey (Brome-Missisquoi):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct my question to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Considering the representations which the minister has received from lawyers, businessmen and inventors from all over Canada relating to the negative effects which could result from the government's working paper on the patent law revision and the proposed law itself, is it still the intention of the minister to proceed with the law?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PATENTS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS WITH REGARD TO REVISION OF THE LAW
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LIB

Anthony Chisholm Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. A. C. Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, the paper was produced for the very purpose of gaining advice from the business community in particular, and 1 can assure the hon. member that we are not going to introduce a law which will be injurious to the country in this area. I can assure him that there will be no early introduction of such a bill in any event until we have had exhaustive discussions.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PATENTS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS WITH REGARD TO REVISION OF THE LAW
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PC

William Heward Grafftey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Grafftey:

I have a supplementary question for the minister. I am fully aware that the minister has received from

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practically the same people the same representations that I and my committee have. I wish to ask him by way of a supplementary question whether, in view of the fact that it is the government's announced intention in the throne speech to encourage enterprise and individual initiative-I am sure the minister has heard that the proposed law could end invention and a positive patent law in this country-the minister will now shelve this law prepared by his predecessor and simply start a new one?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PATENTS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS WITH REGARD TO REVISION OF THE LAW
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LIB

Anthony Chisholm Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

No, Mr. Speaker. I must confess that I have not yet studied the matter as carefully as I am sure my hon. friend has. I am aware of the very wide number of representations, but until I have studied them and consulted my officials in this regard, I certainly do not intend to shelve the intentions of the department.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PATENTS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS WITH REGARD TO REVISION OF THE LAW
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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

Don't be too candid over there.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PATENTS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS WITH REGARD TO REVISION OF THE LAW
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October 19, 1976